Go Blue for Meso is all about lighting up your home, or contacting a prominent landmark in your local area to do the same. We want to put a spotlight on mesothelioma, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos that deserves more attention because asbestos hasn’t gone away:
It’s still in around 85% of schools, 90% of hospitals and many other public and private buildings.
More people die from exposure to asbestos than die in road traffic accidents per year.
Over 2,700 people per year are diagnosed with mesothelioma and it is a type of cancer that is entirely preventable.
Fewer than 10% of people with mesothelioma survive beyond 3 years in the UK
The majority die within 6 months of diagnosis – 60% within a year.
60% don’t survive more than a year (40% survive to one year)
The act of lighting up your home or focal point in a village, town or city is a way to raise awareness, to remember loved ones who have sadly died of mesothelioma and to acknowledge those living with the disease.
This year, we want to show the world that there is no more time to waste in raising awareness and taking action against this tough cancer. Go Blue for Meso will therefore be using Action Mesothelioma Day on the first Friday in July each year, to light up buildings around the UK, as it’s about time the disease gets the attention it deserves.